Adaptive, Multi-Resolution Modeling of Construction Plans

by Francois Grobler, US Army Construction Eng Res Labs, Champaign, United States,
Carol Subick, US Army Construction Eng Res Labs, Champaign, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering

Abstract: The process of developing a construction plan is complex, taking many considerations and constraints into account. In contrast, the CPM paradigm of planning allows only the results of the planning process to be recorded from a activity-duration point of view. Any change in the numerous factors which can impact the plan virtually nullifies the intelligence embedded in the CPM network, forcing a reconstruction of the plan based only on human recollection of the original considerations. CPM's inherent activity-duration orientation provides weak support for the construction manager's most vexing problem: how to coordinate resources effectively. The approach proposed here is intended to provide a richer means of recording planning considerations, in a planning and tracking system based on a resource-task orientation, and aimed at multi-project, multi-level management.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Resource management | Critical path method | Human factors | Tracking | Adaptive systems | Construction methods

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